A judge acquitted another Baltimore Police Officer of manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray… A black man who was critically injured in a police transport van.
It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors failed to win in the case.
Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of six officers charged, faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Williams previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge against the 42-year-old officer, who is white.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby vowed to bring justice to an aggrieved citizenry when she announced the charges last year. But she has yet to find success in court, and is being sued for defamation by five of the officers.
After four trials and no convictions, it’s increasingly clear that the evidence against six Baltimore police officers is too weak to sustain the hopes of citizens desperate for reform.
Gray’s family received a $6.4 million settlement from the city.